Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tal Bad Pranayam

Pranayam is a unique technique of controlling the breath. Breath control leads to control of Pran. Controlling of Pran results in controlling the mind. Thus Pranayam leads to gain more importance in Sadhana. in the beginning we should practice deep and long breathing. Deep breath means that which affects the stomach, middle portion and chest. Ordinarily it is known as abdominal, calvicator and chest breathing. Long breath relates to time. The longer the time, the longer the breath it develops .When the practice is established, then one develops the capacity in controlling the breath further. This is learnt while practicing the Tal Badh Pranayam


1st Stage

Sit in Padmasan, keeping the back straight and eyes gently closed. Inhale
deep breath through the nostrils in four counts of OM, retain it likewise and exhale the breath similarly in four counts of OM. Start with five rounds and increase them gradually, controlling the capacity.

2nd Stage

After having perfected in the first stage, follow the practice in accordance with
the following rhythm.

Continuously increase starting from 4 purak- 4 internal kumbhak- 4 release – 4 external kumbhak of 10 rounds in first week and so on.

Special Points

  1. While practicing this Pranayam, rhythm should be maintained.
  2. Inhalation and exhalation should be done consciously.
  3. Sadhna of controlling the breath advances in taking deep, long, rhythmic, subtle breath as also maintaining ratio and suspending it for some time.

Siddh Asana

This asana is performed mostly by the Siddhas-semidivine heings. This is the reason why this asana is called Siddhasana. Ihe main function of this asana is to awaken the power of Kundalini (annular power residing in the mystical circle above the reproductive organs).


Sit on the floor, with legs stretched straight in front. Bend the left leg, hold the left heel, and place it near the perineum. The sole of the left foot should be placed against the right thigh. Now bend the right leg and place the right foot on the left ankle. The heel of the right foot should be placed at the root of the genitals. Place the back of the hands on the knees so that the palms face upward. Join the tip of the thumb and the index finger of each hand. Keep the spine straight and erect. Let the head, the neck and the spine be erect and in a straight line. Look downwards. Bend the neck low so that the chin touches the lower part of the throat.


  1. This asana awakens Kundalini Shakti. It purifies all the nadis (tubular channels) in the body through Shaktichalana Mudra.
  2. The asana is good for curing indigestion, chronic fever, dysentery, heart-disease, tuberculosis, asthma, diabetes, etc.
  3. The diseases which can be cured by Padmasana can also be cured by this asana.
  4. This asana is useful for the cure of stiffness in the joints of the loins.
  5. This asana helps the mind to be firm, atten and alert.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Pranayama and Yogic Kriyas

Yoga may not be fully relevant in the treatment and cure of first three types but decidedly it is a panacea in the case of unsoundness of mind due to the last three causes : Psychological, economic and stress. Regular practice of Yoga coupled with Dhyana can restore mental vigour. It not only changes the entire out look of man on life but also rejuvenates the mental and physical cells

The ladder to mental peace and balance lies in the art of pranayama. Our scriptures stand a testimony to what powers had been acquired by sages through this most important but a non violent mode of progress.

It is pranayama which restores calm and equipoise of the disturbed mind and slowly generates the much needed self confidence in the individual. Praiiayama not only purifies various organs of the body but also thoughts of the person thus creating an aversion towards evil and false-hood. In Yoga this state is acquired by a person through regular practice.

Bharatiya Yog Sansthan by dedicating itself to the revival of the ancient thoughts of Arya Vrata is doing a yeoman’s service and has taken upon itself a stupendous task of uplifting mankind from drudgery, and prosale life of inaction which leads to the bankruptcy of intellect. The job is tough and the journey is long on an arduous and thorny path. However, the results have started appearing and in a short span of just twenty years there has been a considerable awakening in the common man to improve his lot by practising Yogic Kriyas and to lead a happy family and community life.

Stress Mangement Types

‘Stress Management’ is of two parts as preventive management and curative management.

Preventive Management

Preventive management of stress means that which I would recommend as the Ten Commandments for a stress free life:

  • Lead a simple life. Do Yoga as a regular part of your life.
  • Have a positive and optimist outlook in life.
  • Control and regularize your eating habits. Take only ‘Satvic’ food. Avoid intake of meat, fish and eggs. Western countries with non-vegetarian food habits are now becoming more and more vegetarian.
  • Adopt the general attitude of cooperation, mutual help, tolerance and love towards others.
  • Do not adopt rigid attitude at home, in office and in social life. Learn to compromise with the persons and situations.
  • Do not go to bed too late, nor oversleep. Go for early morning walk.
  • Do not be lazy; be punctual in your habits. Do your duties sincerely.
  • Avoid being over ambitious in life.
  • Live a happy social life and do not run too much after material things.
  • Set noble example for others to follow. This gives immence happiness.
Curative Management
  • In case you have any mental stress, its real remedy lies in Yoga. Accept it. Practice it and enjoy the life.
  • When waking up early in the morning, let us pray for a day of complete consecration.
  • The whole of our life should be a prayer offered to the Divine.


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